Inspiration

Goodness Is Everywhere

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I had, a few days ago, an insight which consoled me very much.
It was during my thanksgiving, when I make
a few reflections upon the goodness of God, and
how should one not think of this at such a time, of that
infinite goodness, uncreated goodness, the source of
all goodness….

I saw written as in letters of gold this word “Goodness”
which I repeated for a long time with indescribable sweetness.
I beheld it, I say, written upon all creatures, animate

and inanimate,
rational or not, all bore this name goodness….

I understood then that all these creatures have of goodness and
all the services and assistance that we receive from each of them
is a benefit which we owe to the goodness of God
who has communicated to them something of his
infinite goodness
so that we may meet it in everything and everywhere.

—St. Thérèse Couderc, 1865

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

The Hand of a Friend to Hold When You Need It

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May there always be work for your hands to do
May your purse always hold a coin or two
May the sun always shine upon your window pane
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain
May the hand of a friend always be near to you, and
May God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

—Irish Blessing

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Hope and Constancy

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Good St. Dymphna, you placed all your hope in Christ’s promises, and sacrificed even your life in that hope. The Lord, God, rewarded your constancy by making your name known and loved over many centuries by the thousands whom you have aided in time of difficulty. Please assist us now in our present necessity and intercede before God for our intentions. Obtain for us a firm hope like your own in God’s unfailing protection. Amen.

—Good Shepherd Ministry

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Living in Harmony and Unity

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O my God, I beg of Thee by all the days which Thy Light, the Center of Thy Covenant, did spend in scattering Thy sweet scents abroad, and by all the nights when that delicate and fragile Being rested not, but kept the long vigils, crying out unto Thee, expending His efforts to guard Thy Cause and Thy dear ones, exerting His utmost to spread out Thy bounties and bestowals— while the malevolent, comfortable against their pillows, rested in their beds—I entreat Thee, by the ordeals He endured, for the sake of exalting Thy Word, at the hands of those who join partners to God, and the deniers and the deserters, to keep Thy loved ones safe from the arrows of the calumniators, and the doubts of those who mislead and betray. Hold them fast, then, in the gardens and groves of Thy Covenant and Testament, and make them to enter the pavilions of Thy good pleasure, and shelter them in the refuge of Thy protection, and cast upon them the glance of Thy mercy’s eye, and guard them from deviation and schism. Make them to live in unity and harmony, one with the other, and aid them to serve Thy Faith and to spread Thy Teachings far and wide. Verily Thou art the Living, the Eternal, the Watchful, the All-Powerful, the All-Knowing, the All-Wise.

—The Greatest Holy Leaf

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Pray Without Ceasing

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The silence is all there is. It is the alpha and the omega, it is God’s brooding over the face of the waters; it is the blinded note of the ten thousand things, the whine of wings. You take a step in the right direction to pray to this silence, and even to address the prayer to “World.” Distinctions blur. Quit your tents. Pray without ceasing.

—Annie Dillard

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Help Those Who Are Troubled and Anxious

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Brigid, you were a woman of peace,
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness.
You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace
cover those who are troubled and anxious,
And may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.

—St. Brigid Psalm

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Standing in the Light of Harmony

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O Lord! Graciously enable this servant of Thine, as well as those who supplicate tearfully before Thy face and have turned towards Thee in their affliction to achieve unity, harmony, friendliness, and fellowship, that they may magnify Thy virtues in the daytime and in the night season, may chant Thy holy words, may recite verses from Thy heavenly Book, and may eagerly set their hearts toward the retreats of Thy holiness, yearning to behold the vision of Thy grandeur. O Lord! Fulfill their heart’s desires, gladden their bosoms with the shining splendor of the Center of Thy Covenant, illumine their eyes, and rejoice their souls with the goodly gifts of the light of harmony. Verily Thou art the Lord of the Day of Judgment.

—The Greatest Holy Leaf

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

O Ineffable Love

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Holy Spirit, come into my heart;
draw it to Thee by Thy power,
O my God, and grant me charity with filial fear.
Preserve me, O ineffable Love,
from every evil thought; warm me,
inflame me with Thy dear love,
and every pain will seem light to me.
My Father, my sweet Lord,

help me in all my actions.
Jesus, love, Jesus, love. Amen.

—Saint Catherine of Siena

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Gifts When You Least Expect Them

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I’ve heard people say that God is the gift of desperation,
and there’s a lot to be said for having really reached a bottom
where you’ve run out of any more good ideas or plans
for everybody else’s behavior; or how to save and fix and rescue;
or just get out of a huge mess, possibly of your own creation.

—Anne Lamott

 

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.

Inspiration

Extraordinary Ordinary

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If I could give you information of my life, it would be to show how a woman of very ordinary ability has been led by God in strange and unaccustomed paths to do In His service what He has done in her. And if I could tell you all, you would see how God has done all, and I nothing.

—Florence Nightingale

This post is an excerpt from The Woman’s Book of Prayer by Becca Anderson, which can be found at Amazon and Mango Media.